New Arts Center Twenty Summers Underway in Provincetown

old HAWTHORNE barnPROVINCETOWN – A new non-profit arts center called Twenty Summers is bringing best-selling novelists to Provincetown this weekend.

Readers, lectures and concerts will all take place in the historic Hawthorne Barn, the home of the first arts school in Provincetown.

Joshua Prager, founder of Twenty Summers, said the barn has a unique history.

The barn was built in 1907 by Charles Webster Hawthorne who set up the Cape Cod School of Art there. Later the famous abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann taught there too.

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“It’s steeped in history. We are reviving it and returning it to the people of P’town,” Prager said.

The Twenty Summers programs will take place from May 15 to June 15.

Last weekend was the first weekend of events, which kicked off with a concert by the world rhythms group Grace and the Victory Riders.

“The events were amazing. We had a sold out concert our opening night,” Prager said.

This weekend’s events focus on literature. Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m., there will be a series of readings and discussions with best-selling novelists Julia Glass, Andre Dubus III, and Edward Kelsey Moore.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Glass will moderate a discussion with nine writers.

“It is an opportunity to be face to face with some of your favorite writers in an informal setting,” Prager said.

Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., there will be a concert by Jennifer Knapp.

Prager pointed out that the barn only holds 75 people so these events may sell out soon.

The schedule of events can be found at 20summers.com.